Today I would introduce you guys with the author of Ashvamedha, Aparna Sinha. I have updated the review of this novel and trust me guys, this book deserves a recognition in film industry as this would create a hype there.
Lets start the session:
- What was the idea behind writing this novel ‘Ashvamedha’?
Ans: The misuse of power and innate virtue of human being to control, cannot be overlooked; often my husband and I would discuss on theme of power and how every man is manipulated by someone more powerful; how things are twisted in the name of politics and how much it affects the people, at large. On one such discussion, my husband came with the idea which clicked. The idea remained latent for two years, and then I wrote a story around it
- Why you chose the title ‘Ashvamedha’ for this novel?
Ans: Ashvamedha or Ashvamedha Yagna (horse sacrifice) was an ancient vedic ritual, performed by a king for the general prosperity of the kingdom and to establish sovereignty over neighboring provinces. In the ritual the king’s horse, along with his army, was made to wander in neighboring kingdoms, for one year. If the horse returns back after one year without being captured or killed by enemy kingdom, it would be sacrificed and the king will be named undisputed ruler (The yagna in detail is mentioned in yajur veda)
In this novel, Ashwin Jamwal was made a powerful man only so he can be sacrificed in the end and Hades, the master manipulator, will claim the ultimate authority, hence the title
3.What all research you did in your novel?
Ans: Lot of research and validation was required, since the story is spread in 25 years.
I had to validate political scene dating back to mid nineties (when student political parties were burgeoning and movements were catching up)
Research on Bio weapons- expert advice by Dr. Sashwat Srivastava ; on future economies of the world; India’s geopolitical position (current and future predictions); Energy reserve and crisis; India from bridging nation to super power. Technology advancement and its growth; global secret agencies and operations (previous and current) etc are the topics I researched – by reading numerous international papers and journals
- How important this novel for you?
Ans:. I have put my heart and soul in the novel, which I wrote when I was in lot of pain, physically and emotionally- this book not only helped me recuperate fast; it made me a stronger person, it gave me a new identity. It is very important to me.
- how close are you to your characters and who is favourite character?
Ans: I have practically lived each character before putting it down on paper. I also hyperventilated with Hades, in real life. To say one character is my favorite is unfair- Each character is my favorite. Even the ones like ‘AK Nandi’
- Who is inspiration behind writing Ashvamedha?
Ans: As I mentioned the idea was there but I never had time to weave a story around it; so you can say my husband was the inspiration- my friend Raghav pushed me to write a book when I left the job; my mother always inspired me to write something (in every call she will ask- did you write anything new?)
- Mostly people avoid writing about politics, so how come you took up this daring step?
Ans: Politics is ubiquitous. You cannot ignore the struggle for power and manipulations even at smaller level, as small as maids in the house or among relatives; the need to control is ingrained. Politics at country level (or global politics) generated interests among young population after advancement of technology and spread of social media. Young people are now aware of political arena across globe and are actively voicing their opinions.
Politics is now becoming interesting to younger generation, now they can relate to political fiction, hence the book.
8.Do you want to try any other genre, what that would be?
Ans: I think I will stick to Crime and thriller genre, but may be one day I will write a witty memoir on female independent thinker
9.Is any part of the novel related to you?
Ans: Some character struggle with self; some quirks are related, but not the part. I have used the locations I have travelled so I can present it better
10.When can we expect your other novel?
Ans: Cannot give you the date, but I hope soon 🙂
Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various mediums, including reputed business magazines across Asia.
Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ashvamedha/
Twitter handle: aparna326
Srishti Publishers & Distributors: With more than three hundred and fifty titles to boast of, Srishti Publishers was set up with the objective of creating a unique set of books that provide unmatched reading pleasure to people across the country. The core objective of our company is to provide a platform to first-time writers. Some of the current crop of bestselling authors like Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Dutta, Ravinder Singh, Sudeep Nagarkar, etc., published their first work of fiction with Srishti
Ashvamedha: The Game of Power
“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”
Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2bfDaiS